Navigating through life is sometimes tough. I have been thinking about this for the last few days…
I can’t take care of anyone else unless I take care of myself first.
If you travel much by plane, you have probably heard the flight attendant say, “In the event of a loss of cabin pressure, oxygen masks will drop down. Pull the mask toward you to activate the flow of oxygen. Cover your mouth and nose and breath normally. Remember to secure your mask before assisting others.”
This is how I am starting to look at my life. I know what you are thinking, “You should have started that a LONG time ago!” Well, sue me! I have to attend to myself (second only to God) in order to be spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, and physically available to others. Think about it: if you have trouble with the semantics of putting yourself second, then think of it as preparation to serve others.
For example, If I don’t feed myself spiritually, then I won’t have the spiritual resources necessary to edify others. If I don’t look after my own health and become sick, then I am not much use to my family or my employees. I need to be able to quit some things that are not essential to the health and well-being of my life, and give that attention to those things that are extremely essential. It gives purpose to my….PURPOSE!
Thomas Carlyle said “The man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder.” I have met very few people who have a written plan for their lives. Most are spectators, watching their lives unfold a day at a time. I HATE being like that. And yet, if I am not careful, my tendency is to gravitate toward laziness of self.
Some people put themselves at the bottom of their priorities list, but I am learning that that is FALSE- and very dangerous. You and I are in a much better position to serve others when our basic spiritual, emotional, and physical needs are met.
Then, giving ourselves away is much easier, when you have taken time to fill up with something to give away.